We have all been there! You are following your skincare regimen religiously and have been keeping your skin super clean, and BAM – a zit rears its ugly little head! What do you do? Many of us feel enticed to tackle it with a little DIY squeezing or confronting it with heavy-duty pimple-fighting power. Don’t! There’s a better way to administer some blemish-fighting TLC! We promise it will not only get rid of that pesky bump or breakout but prevent future inopportune impurities, scarring, and a whole litany of potential woes in a quick, clean, and effective way — at any age!
Hands Off! Do NOT Pick!!!
Use your willpower and do not squeeze that little newcomer! Truly, the worst thing you can do is use your fingers to pick and extract the pimple. You will push 90 percent of the bacteria back into your skin and most likely grow a whole new patch the following day!! Leave extractions to your trusted licensed technician. But we understand. It’s Monday morning, you have people to see and you’re facing an unsightly little beast. What is a beauty to do?
We’d Rather Spot You Doing This Spot Treatment!
There is a lot you CAN do, and it takes just a couple of minutes. Start by massaging some of our Just Add Sugar soap on the breakout to get a good cleanse. You might feel a tingle, but this is perfectly normal. Just Add Sugar does magic to kill all the bacteria and balance your skin. Rinse off. Next, spray 3-4 mists of our Be Clean – Detoxifying Toner onto a clean and soft pad (like Marley’s Monsters) to further exterminate the breakout and prevent germs from spreading. This toner will also give you a delicious immune boost!
Our Be Clean – Detoxifying Elixir is also a potent spot treatment. This herbal medicated oil will kill bacteria on the spot, heal, and prevent more acne from developing. Use 1 to 3 drops and gently press it onto your blemish with clean hands or a Marley’s Monsters pad. This gem even works for people with eczema and rosacea and can be used on kids as young as two-years-old.
Cover It Up! Yes, You May!
Now that your breakout is squeaky clean, you may conceal it! Amazing, right? We just don’t want you to put anything on that irritated spot that could exacerbate the situation. Jane Iredale Sunscreen Powder is perfect for covering up a blemish, hiding it nicely and helping the break out or extracted area to heal quickly. It offers physical and mineral protection, boasting a high dose of zinc and green tea extract. It’s one of our skincare must-haves, containing only 4-5 skin-saving, healing ingredients! You can use the Pressed (more of a matte look) or the Loose (more hydrating and gives a glow) Mineral Powder, from Jane.
Be Careful with These Chemicals & Acids!
Many anti-acne products on the market have alpha and beta hydroxy actives that may be harmful if not used correctly (think Clearasil or Mario Badescu). Acids like AHAs and BHAs strip and rob your skin's microbiome to the point that it can no longer fight things off on its own! Your skin may become dry, scabby, and prone to even worse acne attacks. More adverse effects can include burning and swelling.
If you are not yet willing to part with your acne-busters that contain benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid, or glycolic acid, please only use them for 2-3 days, then wait for 2-3 weeks until you apply them again! Also, be aware that these acids make you sun- and light-sensitive. Avoid direct sunlight to prevent burning, hyperpigmentation, premature aging, and white spots.
Need More Support for Exile Bothersome Bumps? You Got It!
Need more support? We have rounded up a roster of tips and tricks if you need extra aid. This roundup includes some of our own products (of course), a few of our fave brands, and direct-from-nature plant healing power! (Read more below)
Ideal for problematic skin, this blend boasts bee propolis extract. Propolis has incredible medicinal properties. This resin-like material made by bees protects them from infections. Human skin loves bee glue too! Propolis aids in wound healing, and its anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and antifungal properties help banish breakouts and create an environment where healthy skin can flourish. Bee-autiful!
Aloe vera has been used medicinally for centuries! Formidable at healing wounds, calming inflammation, and decimating acne-causing bacteria, aloe contains natural salicylic acids that control excess sebum and fight germs. One way to use aloe is to go straight to the plant. Break off a fresh aloe leaf, extract some of its healing goodness, and dab it onto your pimple. Just be aware that sensitive skin might experience a bit of burning and stinging, so always proceed with caution. Think Jenette’s Be Calm Brightening C Serum for extra cooling and healing, loaded with Aloe Vera and Probiotics.
Unclog your pores, reduce excess oil, and eradicate bacterial overgrowth with this ingredient from Mother Nature. Witch hazel (aka Hamamelis virginiana) is an extract derived from a flowering plant. Anti-inflammatory and astringent, it can prevent the emergence of blackheads and whiteheads. As a spot treatment, apply some witch hazel to a cotton pad and press it onto the infected area. And of course, if you have ANY of Jenette’s Toners, especially her coveted Be Clean Detoxifying Toner, they all contain her freshly brewed, herb infused witch hazels.
Niacinamide is a fine weapon against acne. Anti-inflammatory and acting as a natural probiotic, it balances the blemish-causing oil produced by your skin glands. This game-changing serum is a must for clearing up and balancing your skin, diminishing pore size, and evening out skin tone. Packed with outstanding all-natural ingredients, Transform will also repair your skin on a cellular level with daily use.
This magnificent masque comes to the rescue for blemish-prone skin with cleansing, refining, and exfoliating sway! It is chockfull of skin-saving goodness such as sulfur, tea tree, bentonite clay, and jojoba beads that pull out excess oil, kill bacteria in its tracks and slough away impurities.
Our mini facial in a jar can be used as an exfoliator or gentle scrub to rescue oily, bumpy, and acne-prone skin, or it can be used as a quick spot treatment! Fortified with our secret blend of Chinese and Korean herbs and antioxidant-loaded cacao, it will instantly change your complexion to super smooth, clean, and healthy. Used as a weekly masque, our mini-facial in a jar, your face will be sure to stay clear and bright!
If you are plagued by more than the occasional zit and your skin is legit struggling with acne, you might want to consider acquiring our spot-slaying acne kit, curated specially to banish bumps, blackheads, and future breakouts for good. This kit — which is also fab for hormonally challenged teenage or mature skin — comprises everything you need to kiss acne goodbye!
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